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Van Leeuwen, Jean.
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 4.5
ISBN 0803725485

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Wolves, bears, and a heavy snowstorm are just some of the dangers that Daniel and Will must face alone. It's 1803, and the boys and their father have recently arrived in Ohio, following the promise of rich farmland.  After clearing enough forest to build a log cabin, Pa sets off for Pennsylvania to fetch the rest of the family, while eleven-year-old Daniel and nine-year-old  Will stay behind to watch the land. Pa had planned to return within five or six weeks . . . but something must have gone terribly wrong. Now the boys must survive the winter with only an axe, two knives, a sack of cornmeal, and most important of all, their ability to invent and improvise. But are they truly alone in the woods?   Read Cabin on Trouble Creek and find out.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee, 2005-2006)

Booktalk #2

In 1803, Daniel, 12, and his brother Will, 9, travel with their Pa to create a farm on their new homestead in the forests of Ohio.After building a cabin, Pa returns to Pennsylvania to get the rest of the family.Although he only expected to be gone five or six weeks, he doesn’t return and the boys are forced to spend the winter with dwindling food supplies and scarce resources. With the help of an unexpected teacher, the boys learn to survive in the wilderness. It is quite an adventure.  Black-eyed Susan Award nominee 2005-2006

SUBJECTS:     Frontier and pioneer life -- Ohio -- Fiction.
                        Self-reliance -- Fiction.
                        Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Ohio -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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